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Convicted hit-and-run driver still has driver's license

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Despite serving a six-month sentence in a felony hit-and-run case, Jerry Guy, who hit and killed a four-year-old boy, still has a valid Georgia driver's license, according to officials.

Guy's case came to light in April after he hit and killed A.J. Newman, who was crossing the street with his mother Raquel Nelson.

RELATED: Jaywalking mom picks new trial over probation

Tuesday the Department of Driver's Services confirmed Guy had a valid driver's license.

Cobb County District Attorney Pat Head told 11Alive's Jerry Carnes under Georgia's legal code, it should be suspended.

At 11Alive's request, a DDS official is trying to find out why the license is still valid. 

Guy served a year in a state prison in Gwinnett for another case of hit-and-run dating back to 1997. Guy rear-ended a Dodge pickup while driving on a suspended license. While fleeing, he failed to maintain his lane and struck another car and fled on foot.

The Nelson case has drawn national attention, including a Today Show appearance for Raquel Nelson. The mother faced as much as three years in jail because of state jaywalking laws, that is more than the man who pleaded guilty to hitting and killing her son.

On Tuesday Nelson was given the choice of one year of probation and forty hours of community service or the judge offered to order a new trial where she could try to be cleared of the charges.  She chose the new trial.


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